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Merced High School District delays start of ‘Distance Learning’

Educators need more time to hand out Internet devices to all students

(MUHSD press release)

The Merced Union High School District (MUHSD) Board of Trustees voted on Wednesday evening to delay the start of the 2020-21 school year by one week to August 19, 2020. The decision was made to give the district time to program and distribute mobile Internet devices to all of its students.

The district will also utilize the extra time to further prepare staff for Distance Learning. Earlier in the month, MUHSD announced that all students will learn online for the entire first half of the school year.

“As much as we want to get back to learning at MUHSD, we want to do it the right way and unfortunately there are some variables that are out of our hands,” said MUHSD Superintendent Peterson. “In keeping with MUHSD’s commitment to providing access for all students, this was the best decision.”

At a previous meeting held July 13, the Board approved the purchase of over 10,000 MiFi wireless devices from Verizon to provide Internet access for all of its students and staff. In addition, MUHSD will be “piggybacking” broadband services at a discounted rate from the existing contract between Los Angeles Unified School District and Verizon, an option that the state provided to all California schools in early June.

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